Tokyo-based design duo Yoon Ahn and Verbal are celebrating the two-year anniversary of their AMBUSH WORKSHOP2 store located in the Shibuya PARCO shopping center. As part of the milestone, the artists have created an anniversary collection that revitalizes its past with upcycled denim pieces constructed out of deadstock fabric and jewelry made from recycled silver.
The upcycled DENIM BY AMBUSH line includes unisex jackets, shirts, jeans, dresses, and accessories that feature durable, mid-weight denim fabric with a worn-in finish. Classic styles are given new life by reworking, splicing, and patching different washes and colors into new silhouettes. All items repurpose the brand’s existing denim products to avoid textile waste and are carefully made in close collaboration with Japanese artisans to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.
A limited-edition Peace ring accompanies the anniversary launch and is made from 100% recycled sterling silver with a purity of 925. The design serves as a continuation of the brand’s five-year anniversary of the AMBUSH WORKSHOP flagship store, which saw a release of a Peace bangle, also made from recycled silver. The iconic Peace design comes in one size and can now be worn as a ring or even an ear cuff. It also features the engraved letters “RMSV” (Recycle Metal Silver) found inside the ring.
Similar to other jewelry practices, the recycled silver is sourced from discarded jewelry and metal consumer goods. However, what makes this process unique to the brand is traceability and its ability to ensure the right desired materials are being used. AMBUSH is the first company in Japan to collect and refine silver at one designated factory to create new silver projects domestically.
AMBUSH started as an experimental line of jewelry and has evolved into full unisex collections as well as an ongoing collaborator with partners like Nike, Converse, Louis Vuitton, sacai, UNDERCOVER, Rimowa, and more. Yoon was also named jewelry designer for Dior Men when Kim Jones joined the house as artistic director in 2018.
The new AMBUSH anniversary collection is currently available at all AMBUSH stores.
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